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Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. "Tech Training"

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    Former Employee - Tech Trainer in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Tech Trainer in Black Mountain, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved my students and the work

    Cons

    Terrible management, supervisor was emotionally immature and played favorites,

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like disposable office furniture and treat them like human beings.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Great people, hardworking and genuinely care about the work they perform

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs over the past years

  3. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Few talented engineers bring lot of value than most!

    Cons

    Short sighted future vision and no growth potential, lack of modernization!


  4. "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, benefits are good

    Cons

    No future planning. Company seems to be happy just to get by.


  5. "Kearfott Corp Black Mountain NC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Black Mountain, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Kearfott for 8 years and held two positions there. The Black Mountain facility has a very good employee training program as they must maintain several certifications for their customers. The supervisors do actually listen to the employees. Safety is a big concern and employees must always wear correct PPE for the job they are doing. I left Kearfott for a higher paying job.

    Cons

    Raises are low and slow.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Getting better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Falls, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Falls, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are moving in the right direction. Since 2013, they've hired a new President, new Engineering Director, multiple new managers and a handful of engineers. The new way of thinking is starting to outweigh and replace the old. They are budgeting for more training, amping up college recruiting and participating in national conferences. They are focusing on making a comeback. If you are comfortable not having a lot of workplace luxuries in the short term and want to work somewhere where you can be part of an upswing and make an impact, this might be the place.

    Cons

    Many of the long-term employees/managers haven't worked elsewhere in decades and haven't seen how the engineering workplace has evolved in the outside world. To someone new coming in, this is a huge culture shock. Some managers like to keep information very close to prevent gossip and rumors, but this causes resentment and distrust among employees. There is no food service on-site (except for a food truck that stops by at lunch time). They start at 7:30am and everyone seems to take lunch from 12-1, athough more and more employees are pushing through this rigidity toward an "as long as you put in your hours" system more commonly found at other engineering firms. The engineers are in cubicles, and sometimes it can be hard to concentrate or be comfortable having anything but superficial conversations with other employees (everyone can hear you). There are no after-work clubs/groups.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making progress on the things listed above in the "pros" section. Other than that: add at least 5 more vacation days to offer packages in order to compete with other companies and get strong new hires. 15+ days is the norm that applicants are seeing in their offers from other companies. Focus on morale. Have managers meet with their groups regularly to communicate news from management meetings and keep employees feeling in-the-loop and respected. Paint the upstairs so employees feel inspired when they enter the engineering deck -- maybe the company logo or accent walls in "Kearfott blue." Throw out everything in the supply closet that has 1960s packaging and restock it once and for all. Have the engineers give internal seminars to share their knowledge and keep everyone aware of the multiple projects going on at the company. Strive to make all employees feel respected rather than distrusted; some of them have given good portions of their lives to the company, and after multiple degrees and decades of experience, they have earned an environment of mutual respect.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time

    Pros

    Some of the employees are very nice.

    Cons

    Family members who run the company have no idea on how to run a company. Antiquated equipment, no investment for new capital equipment. No wonder they are not getting new business. Even all the furniture is antiquated. Nepotism, micro-managing, low morale, and fears of losing their jobs because of all the layoffs over the years. Pay and benefits very poor; they hire people who don't have jobs so that they can pay them low salaries. Also, NO training given to the employees. Very cheap!!!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up!! It's time for the family members to get out of the business. It's time to hire real managers in their place, those who know how to run a business.

  8. "Sr. Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Little Falls, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Little Falls, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people. Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Terrible moral. Bad management. If you like political games, awful managers, little advancement opportunities, this is your company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers and allow them to lead. Gyros developed in the 30s are not cutting it anymore. There is a reason the company is losing contract bids after contract bids.


  9. "Sr. Engineering Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting work assignments--gyroscopes, inertial measurement systems, tank gun sights, etc.
    Very nice people to work with--professional and smart.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of at present. There are a lot of nice bosses and other people, and the work can be very interesting at times.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Company Turning Around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    New direction with all new management working to change the company. Delivery and quality performance has been a real turnaround. Customers like us too now, a welcome change.

    Cons

    Culture still not turned around. People and management need to take accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, the company will improve because customers are seeing a big difference.


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